Ashton-under-Lyne Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 07 October 2018

Chalk and Co’s deliver a concert to remember

There are two reasons why your favourite divine being gave us brass bands. One was to entertain the masses. Another one was to bring cultural enrichment to the masses. In other words, the joys of introducing classical music to the provinces. Whilst finding room for entertainment value.

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Milnrow Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 16 September 2018

Mark Bentham and Co deliver another great night of brass band music

In life, only death and taxation are certainties. If you live in Greater Manchester, particularly in the Rochdale, Oldham or Tameside boroughs, there is another one to the list. That Milnrow Band would always deliver a concert which is high on entertainment value and remarkably different to any of their previous ones.

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Lydgate Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

How Lydgate Band, and a few friends, delivered a magical concert at Boarshurst

Unless you have lived in Saddleworth, Oldham or Tameside for more than a decade, you may be at a loss as to where is Lydgate. Just to add to the confusion, there are three Lydgates within the West Riding of Yorkshire. One on the outskirts of Halifax, another one near Todmorden, and the one we know and love off the A669 (or the 180/184 bus routes). Which is also best known for the disused railway tunnel between Lees and Greenfield.

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Delph Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (September 2018)

Exciting programme makes for great opener to new season of Sunday Brass nights

It has been a while since Delph Band had darkened the doorstep of the Boarshurst Band Club. Nearly two years ago since their last concert. Between the 02 September 2018 and the 02 October 2016, Delph Youth and Training Band have made a couple appearances. Was it worth the wait? Judging by the audience reaction, it was. Owing to Phil Goodwin’s involvement in Black Dyke Band’s concert in Mirfield, his understudy Jonathan Davies stepped in.

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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Autumn 2018

School day times are back up town

Volvo B7TL X767 VUA, First Greater Manchester, Royton
Back to school: school days times will be reinstated on the 409 and other key routes in Oldham and Saddleworth.

For many Oldham and Saddleworth passengers, this autumn’s timetable changes affect seasonal timetables. Yes, as the nights get longer, the school day times are back on the agenda.
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Northern Rail Strike: Six Saturdays of Industrial Action This Autumn

Arriva Rail North Saturday strikes: how they will affect passengers east of the M60 motorway

After two months without strike action, there has been no sign of a resolution between Arriva Rail North and the RMT union. From Saturday [25 August], industrial action will resume on services operated by Arriva Rail North’s Northern franchise.

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First Greater Manchester Goes Contactless

New Ticketer machines ushers in start of contactless travel on First Greater Manchester routes

In line with other FirstGroup subsidiaries across the UK, contactless payments will be available on First Greater Manchester bus routes. From the first weekend in September, all First buses will be able to accept contactless credit and debit cards as a payment option.

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Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A jolly good summer show for Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band 

No traditional seaside holiday is complete without two things: a good fish and chip supper, or a decent summer show. A summer show with comedians, speciality acts, magicians, and singers. With a similar amount of variety to the listener was Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band’s programme. There was a neat variety of brass band marches, hymns, popular music, and film music. If you counted the raffle, last night’s speciality act and comedian.
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Oldham and Saddleworth Bus Service Changes, Summer 2018

More summertime tweaks

  • Exactly what it says on the tin;
  • MCT Travel gains 418 from M Travel;
  • CityZap zapped.
Volvo B7TL X767 VUA, First Greater Manchester, Royton
The 409: one of a few First Greater Manchester services falling under the summertime timetables. This oldie, seen at Royton, was previously owned by First Bradford.

Once again the summertime changes are a quiet one for Oldham and Saddleworth bus passengers. Apart from the usual adjusted summer times, there has only been four notable service changes.
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